Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

July 3, 2015 - James Fudge

To all of our American readers - and on behalf of the ECA, GamePolitics, and my good friends Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight -  I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. We'll be busy this weekend worshipping at the altar of the goddess of meats (or vegetables if that's your jam), drinking tasty beverages (some may or may not contain an alcoholic content), watching parades, spending time with family, watching fireworks, playing games or watching cat videos. Maybe one or two of us will even read a book or something!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of everyone here at GamePolitics we wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend. We hope you enjoy your extended weekend (if you are in the United States, and your workplace is decent enough to give you the day off, of course!) and will be having some sort of fantastic fun on the unofficial start of summer.

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Happy Easter and Passover!

April 3, 2015 - James Fudge

On behalf of the GamePolitics team, I'd like to wish all of our wonderful readers a very Happy Easter and Passover.

For those who do not celebrate these holidays, I wish you a happy weekend filled with family, friends, and fun.

If you don't like any of those things, then go in peace - I clearly have no salutation to offer you.

- James

AE: And a reminder, no Super Podcast Action Committee this weekend.  See you next week!

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Happy Presidents Day!

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In honor of President's Day we'll be stepping out a wee bit early today to worship at the altar of Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson (okay, we'll probably be playing some video games, but don't tell anyone). While I like the idea of Presidents Day as a federal holiday in the U.S., I can't help but wonder if Presidents Lincoln and Washington aren't a little bit offended that they have to share a day with the rest of the unknown presidents in our country's history...

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today we honor the life and work of an American hero and patriot, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On August 28, 1963, Dr.

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014 - James Fudge

On behalf of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), GamePolitics, Andrew Eisen, and E. Zachary Knight, I wish you a happy and safe New Year's Day. We hope those of you that are old enough to drink tonight will do so responsibly, and that you won't get so intoxicated that you vomit on kittens, puppies, or small children (friends and family are perfectly acceptable targets).

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PSA: $349 Xbox One Bundle Deal Ending Jan. 3

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has put out a gentle reminder (via Larry Hryb AKA Major Nelson) that its price cut on the Xbox One and its various bundle iterations will soon be coming to an end. If you didn't get an Xbox One for Christmas and want to take advantage of the $50 off the price promotion that has been running since November, you'll only have until Saturday, Jan. 3.

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Happy Holidays from the ECA and GamePolitics

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of GamePolitics, the ECA, Andrew Eisen, and E. Zachary Knight, I wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday - whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, some other holiday, no holiday at all, etc.. We will be back after Christmas!

Peace, out.

- James Fudge, Managing Editor, GamePolitics.com

(Image via www.publicdomainpictures.net.)

Programming Note: SuperPAC at Home for the Holidays

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Just a note that the Super Podcast Action Committee is taking a break for a few weeks as host Andrew Eisen returns home to the wilderness of Kentucky to be with his family during the holidays. We'll be back with bells on for a new show in 2015. We'd like to thank Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight for continuing to deliver episodes of the podcast that are entertaining, informative, and always fun.

Mad love and respect to both of you! Be sure to tell them how much you appreciate the show in the comments!


Halfbrick Celebrates The Holidays By Giving Away iOS Games For Free

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile developer Halfbrick Studios is celebrating the holidays by giving the gaming community every game in its iOS catalog for free. All ten of the studio's games are available for free for a limited time including the popular Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, and its other games Fish Out Of Water!, Monster Dash, Age Of Zombies: Season 2, Band Stars, Colossatron: Massive World, Birzzle Fever, Yes Chef!, and Top Farm.

You can find all of the studio's games on its iTunes page.

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Valve's Steam Holiday Sale Is Alive!

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve's annual Holiday sale is alive and kicking, offering deep discounts on various games from now until January 2.

During the sale Steam customers can take advantage of special deals running every 12 hours and new "Featured Deals" happening daily. Like last year's sale, Steam users can also vote in the Community Choice promotion to determine which games receive deeper discounts. Those who participate in the sale may also earn exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards.

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Valve Temporarily Shuts Down and Resets Steam Holiday Auction

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve's first annual Holiday Auction ran into a bit of a snag in its early outing and has been rebooted due to some questionable activity by a small minority of participants, according to this Ars Technica report. The idea behind the auction was simple: Steam users could trade their unwanted inventory items for gems that could then be used to bid on 2,000 Steam game codes (with a total of 200,000 copies being sold during the course of the auction).

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Consumer Reports Reveals Its Top Five Most Violent Games / Top Five Games For Kids Lists

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Consumer Reports has released its annual list of the best and worst games for kids as parents get ready to shop 'til they drop for various holidays. The top five video games for kids, according to the publication, are Skylanders: Trap Team, Disney Infinity 2.0, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, Super Smash Bros., and LittleBigPlanet 3.

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The Humble Winter Sale is Underway Now

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Bundle has launched its annual sale, offering steep discounts on top tier and indie games for PC, Mac, Linux and Android platforms. Running now until January 2, the Humble Winter Sale is offering discounts on such games as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition, Kentucky Route Zero, Road Redemption, This War Of Mine, The Walking Dead Season 2, Divinity Original Sin, Final Fantasy III, Dark Wood, and many, many more.

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Poll: Which Video Game Platform Are You Most Thankful For?

November 26, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Thanksgiving.

The time of year where we take stock of what's important to us and express thanks for not only the things we have, but for the people who struggled and died to ensure we'd get the opportunity to enjoy them.

We remember the Great Turkey War.

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Happy Thanksgiving From GamePolitics

November 26, 2014 - James Fudge

I wish all of our readers in the United States a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. For the rest of you who live in Canada (and already celebrated Thanksgiving back in October) as well as our friends in Europe, Asia, and other regions in this rock we call home: have a happy Thursday, I guess.

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Steam 'Exploration Sale' Discounts over Five-Thousand Games

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has kicked off its annual sale. While it doesn't call it a "Black Friday" or "Cyber Monday" sale like others do, it is intended to land on those days for maximum effect. This year's "Steam Exploration Sale" runs from November 26 to December 2 and features discounts and deals on 5,649 games right now.

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GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Unlike most U.S. retailers, the world's largest retailer of games will be closed on Thanksgiving in the United States. GameStop announced that it will shut down its stores in the United States next Thursday. CEO Paul Raines confirmed the news during a post-earnings call on Thursday.

"We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day next week in the United States out of respect for our associates and their families," he said. "Sometimes, we have to not let the pressure from other retailers distract us from our values."

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Microsoft Cuts $50 Off Xbox One Price Tag For Christmas

October 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced this morning that - from Nov. 4 to January 3 - it will knock $50 off the price of all Xbox One units being sold at select retail outlets in the United States. This follows a price cut in the UK last month. This price reduction will be available at leading retailers including Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and Microsoft stores.

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Happy Labor Day!

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of everyone at the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and the staff here at GamePolitics, I wish you, our wonderful readers, a happy and safe Labor Day!

We'll be back tomorrow! Until then, I hope you are enjoying your day off - assuming you were lucky enough to get one - doing something fun, exciting or interesting (the days off get pretty thin between now and November, so we have to enjoy them when they come along!) Be good to yourselves and others today.

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Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2014 - James Fudge

On behalf of the ECA, GamePolitics, and my good friends Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight, I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. We'll be busy today grilling meat, drinking tasty beverages, watching parades, spending time with family, watching fireworks, playing games or watching cat videos today, but we'll be back on Monday with bells on.

We hope you'll do something fun today and - if you are old enough to have a job - that your employer gave you the day off.

To all of our friends outside the United States, enjoy your Friday!

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of everyone here at GamePolitics and the ECA we wish our readers a safe and happy holiday. We hope you are enjoying your extended weekend and are out (or in, as the case may be) having fun on the unofficial start of summer.

If you want an explanation of what Memorial Day is all about and why it is a very important holiday to a majority of Americans, then you should check out usmemorialday.org.

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Happy Easter and Passover!

April 18, 2014 - James Fudge

On behalf of everyone at the Entertainment Consumers Association and GamePolitics I'd like to wish all of our wonderful readers a very Happy Easter and Passover.

If you do not celebrate either of those holidays, then we wish you a weekend filled with family, friends, and fun.

If you don't like having fun, think your family is bonkers, and that friends are a pain in the a$$, then I hope you do not get hit by a bus this weekend.

- James and the ECA team.

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Who's Your Founding Father?

February 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Happy birthday to U.S. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I apologize on behalf of our government who took their birthdays away for some odd reason. They'd like to blame Martin Luther King Jr. Day for that, but we reject the argument; all three of these great men can have a federal holiday in the month of February!

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Happy Valentine's Day

February 14, 2014 - James Fudge

On behalf of GamePolitics, I wish you a happy Valentine's Day filled with love, good food, and even better company if at all possible. For those of you who are single, Andrew Eisen offers an instructional video on how to ask the fairer sex out for a night on the town, a quiet evening at home, or whatever social function you can imagine. You can check out the video to your left. If you are single and like it that way, then I encourage you to do something fun today, like watch the new season of House of Cards on Netflix!

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and GamePolitics, we wish you a happy and safe New Year's Day. If you are old enough to party, then please don't party too hearty, don't drink and drive, and please try not to throw up on any plants or small animals if you did party a little more than you should have. We wish that all of your hopes and dreams for 2013 came true, but if they didn't don't let that get you down: tomorrow is the start of a new day in a brand new year.

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Still Time to Get Left 4 Dead 2 for Free

December 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

If you heard that Valve's hit Zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2 was free for a limited time but didn't get it yet - don't fret, there's still time. According to Valve's Left 4 Dead blog you have until 9 am PDT, or 1 pm EDT. From the blog:

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Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

All of us at GamePolitics and the Entertainment Consumers Association wish you a happy, safe, and joyous holiday! May all your dreams come true, DRM-free, without limits, and with no hidden clauses buried five pages deep in a document written by a soulless corporate robot!

We'll see you again on Thursday!

Glad tidings to all.

(Image © 2013, Shutterstock.com.)


Blizzard Engineer Needs Your Help For Christmas

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Ron Nakada, a Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer six months ago. Doctors told him at the time that the cancer had metastasized to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes. While Ron is fighting for his life with all the determination and strength he can muster, his medical bills and expenses are ramping up and he needs our help.

IndieGameStand to Host 12 Days of Christmas Charity Drive

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Pay-what-you-want indie-focused game store IndieGameStand is hosting a 12-day event to celebrate the holiday season and benefit the children's charity Child's Play. From Dec. 18 - 28 the site will host a 12 Days of Christmas unwrapping event.

Here's how it works: each day IndieGameStand will reveal and spotlight a new indie game that is freely available on the internet. By donating, customers will unlock these games in their IndieGameStand account and all proceeds will be donated to Child's Play.

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E. Zachary KnightTeachers unions are just as bad as police unions, except of course you are far less likely to be killed by a teacher on duty than you are a cop. But they also protect bad teachers from being fired.07/07/2015 - 6:29pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, so you agree they are still union members. Thankfully we have a first ammendment that protects people from being forced to join groups they don't support (in most cases any way.)07/07/2015 - 6:27pm
E. Zachary KnightAh, police unions. The reason why cops can't get fired when they beat a defenseless mentally ill homeless person to death. Or when they throw a grenade into a baby's crib. Or when theykill people they were called in to help not hurt themselves.07/07/2015 - 6:26pm
Goth_SkunkeZeek: Non-union employees have no right to attend meetings or union convention/AGM, or influence policy. The only time they get to vote is whether or not to strike.07/07/2015 - 6:24pm
Infophile(cont'd) about non-union police officers being given hell until they joined the union.07/07/2015 - 4:58pm
InfophileParadoxically, the drive in the US to get rid of unions seems to have left only the most corrupt surviving. They seem to be the only ones that can find ways to browbeat employees into joining when paying dues isn't mandatory. I've heard some stories ...07/07/2015 - 4:57pm
Matthew WilsonI am old school on this. I believe its a conflict of interest to have public sector unions. that being said, I do not have a positive look on unions in general.07/07/2015 - 3:59pm
TechnogeekWhat's best for the employee tends to be good for the employer; other way around, not so much. So long as that's the case, there's going to be a far stronger incentive for management to behave in such a way that invites retalitation than for the union to.07/07/2015 - 3:10pm
TechnogeekTeachers' unions? State legislatures. UAW? Just look at GM's middle management.07/07/2015 - 3:05pm
TechnogeekIn many ways it seems that the worse a union tends to behave, the worse that the company's management has behaved in the past.07/07/2015 - 3:02pm
james_fudgeCharity starts at home ;)07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
james_fudgeSo mandatory charity? That sounds shitty to me07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, if Union dues are automatically withdrawn, then there is no such thing as a non-union employee.07/07/2015 - 2:38pm
Goth_Skunka mutually agreed upon charity instead.07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_Skunkyou enjoy the benefits of working in a union environment. If working in a union is against your religious beliefs or just something you wholeheartedly object to, dues will still be deducted from your pay, but you can instruct that they be directed towards07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_SkunkBasically, if you are employed in a business where employees are represented by a union for the purposes of collective bargaining, whether or not you are a union member, you will have union dues deducted from your pay, since regardless of membership,07/07/2015 - 2:32pm
Goth_SkunkIt's something that has existed in Canada since 1946. You can read more on it here: http://ow.ly/PiHWR07/07/2015 - 2:27pm
Goth_SkunkSee, we have something similar in Canada, called a "Rand Employee." This is an employee who benefits from the collective bargaining efforts of a union, despite not wanting to be a part of it for whatever reason.07/07/2015 - 2:22pm
Matthew Wilson@info depends on the sector. for example, have you looked at how powerful unions are in the public sector? I will make the argument they have too much power in that sector.07/07/2015 - 12:39pm
InfophileIt's easy to worry about unions having too much power and causing harm. The odd thing is, why do people seem to worry about that more than the fact that business-owners can have too much power and do harm, particularly at a time when unions have no power?07/07/2015 - 12:31pm
 

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